- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee State University sports memorabilia will be part of the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

The curator for the museum’s sports exhibits visited TSU this week to look at sports memorabilia on display in several buildings on the main campus.

The university’s sports history includes Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph; legendary track and field coach Ed Temple; the famed Tigerbelles; and golf coach Catana Starks, the first African-American woman to coach a men’s NCAA Division I golf team.

The new museum is scheduled to open next year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The sports exhibit section of the museum will include a room called “The Game Changer,” dedicated to individuals like Rudolph whose contributions went beyond sports.

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